A-League gains independence

The A-League has secured its independence from Football Australia.

FA and the newly formed Australian Professional Leagues on Thursday confirmed the “unbundling” of A-League, W-League and Y-League from the sport’s national governing body.

While APL will run the operational, commercial, and marketing control of the three leagues, FA will retain regulatory functions, including disciplinary and integrity matters, the registration of clubs, players and officials, the transfer system, and the domestic match calendar.

APL chairman Paul Lederer said it was a “historic moment for the future of football in Australia”.

“It’s now time to earn and deliver the future our game deserves,” Lederer said.

“The handbrake on the game is off. Owners can finally invest in what they own and create value for the entire footballing ecosystem.

“Players can plan their careers in Australian football, fans can reconnect with the game that they love, and clubs can create meaningful moments for the whole Australian football family.”

Football Australia and the newly formed Australian Professional Leagues (APL) today announced that terms have been agreed to ‘unbundle’ the A-League, Westfield W-League and Y-League from @FootballAUS.

Current FA head of leagues Greg O’Rourke has been appointed APL commissioner of the professional leagues.

FFA chief executive James Johnson said: “We have been able to create a unique model which draws upon global best practice whilst allowing for local specificities.

“Significantly, the model establishes a framework for a strong partnership between Football Australia and the APL which recognises the value of a thriving domestic professional league to the ongoing growth of the game in Australia.”

The APL board will be made up of five directors from clubs, three independent directors, and one FA-appointed person.

A FA-ratified independent chair – who will be elected by clubs and – will have a casting vote on the APL board.

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